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March 2022 Member Good News

Congratulations to member Olivia Abtahi! Her debut novel PERFECTLY PARVIN, a contemporary YA, was awarded the Odyssey Honor at the ALA awards. The Odyssey is given to the best audiobooks for children and young adults. PERFECTLY PARVIN was narrated by Mitra Jouhari.
Congratulations to Alice Feagan, Anna Freeman, Megan Freeman, Nicole Magistro, Dow Phumiruk Ng, Jean Reidy, Jessica Speer, and Andrea Wang for being nominated for the Reading the West Book Award organized by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association.
Congratulations to Brizida Magro for winning the SCBWI Winter Conference PORTFOLIO AWARD.
Congratulations, also, to Nicole Magistro and Alice Feagan for their SCBWI SPARK Honor Award for READ ISLAND, written by Nicole and illustrated by Alice.
AN EQUAL SHOT, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk, was chosen for the 2022 Notable Social Studies Trade Books List.
LOBSTAH GARDEN, co-written and illustrated by EG Keller, won the Northern Lights Award for the Environmental Category.
Congratulations to Hadley Hooper (illustrator) and Kim Tomsic (author) for THE ELEPHANTS COME HOME, and to Beth Anderson for LIZZIE DEMANDS A SEAT. Both titles were named as 2022 Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Honor Award books!
Olivia Chadha’s YA cli-fi novel RISE OF THE RED HAND, book one of The Mechanists duology, is on Locus Magazine’s Recommended Reading List for 2021. Visit her website here and on Twitter @oliviachadha
“Writing the Story of Mental Illness for Younger Readers,” by Nancy Bo Flood and Ann Jacobus will be published in the April issue of The Writer’s Chronicle. This article describes the importance of stories for breaking silence and stigma surrounding mental health, along with books that are doing just that.
Traci L Jones, the award-winning YA author of STANDING AGAINST THE WIND, FINDING MY PLACE, AND SILHOUETTED BY THE BLUE, will have her fourth book, RANSOMING THE CAPTIVE, released by Black Rose Writing in July of 2022.
Silvia Rodriguez Kembel has been selected as a YA mentee in the 2022 We Need Diverse Books Mentorship Program, working with acclaimed author Francisco X. Stork to prepare her debut novel for representation and publication. Visit her website here, and on Instagram and Twitter @Silvia_explores.
HOME FOR A WHILE, by Lauren H. Kerstein is a nominee for the 2022-2023 South Carolina Book Awards. HOME FOR A WHILE is included in CCBC Choices 2022, the annual best-of-the-year list of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jonathan Eaton at Tilbury House has acquired world rights to LIGHT SPEAKS by Christine Layton, illustrated by Luciana Navarro Powell. The picture book shows how light has served mankind from the start of time. Publication is set for winter 2023. Connect with Christine here or on Instagram and Twitter @layton_author.
Jennie MacDonald’s essay “‘An Endless Round of Delights’: Materializing the Toy Theatre” appears in PLAYING GAMES IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRITAIN AND AMERICA (SUNY Press). Toy theatres (three-dimensional paper theatres) were favorite playthings of Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, G.K. Chesterton, and many other historical figures.
Ascension Press has published LOUIE’S LENT (book trailer here), a picture book by Claudia Cangilla McAdam. When it comes to making his Lenten resolution, Louie is stumped. While his friends give up various things for Lent, Louie thinks he’s failed when he embarks on a different course of action.
Katy McQuaid recently published the latest adventure in the EVERYBODY LOVES GRACE series. In book six, Grace takes readers on an adventure to Washington, DC. While readers share Grace’s journey, life lessons include Aging with Grace and there’s no place like home. Connect on FB here, Instagram here, and YouTube here.
Donald Samson is delighted to announce the release of his latest young adult fantasy novel, THE YONDER. Visit him on Instagram: thestartrilogy, Facebook: Donald Samson